Bathrooms and Other
Benefits: More Benefits
Sara B. 3/06
Dana walked into
the house exhausted; she was looking forward to a nice shower and a quiet evening in.
Mulder was picking up the kids and some Italian on the way home so she had about an hour to just relax. Trina met her at the bottom of the stairs looking extremely upset.
is a woman waiting for you in the living room. She told me her name was Diana
“What? Oh, my God. What does she want with me?” It was a rhetorical question. “Did
she say anything about Mulder or Sam?”
Trina was taking
Dana’s case and coat. “She only mentioned you.”
Dana walked into
the room exuding more confidence than she felt. A dark haired woman that she
recognized from photos she’d seen was sitting in the wing back chair watching the room’s entrance. The woman was much older than the photos Mulder had shown her. She
looked hardened and jaded.
Dana saw the woman’s
mouth move into a superior sneer upon her entrance. “Ms. Fowley. . .”
Dana began but was interrupted.
the woman corrected.
me that you never used his last name. How may I help you, Ms. Fowley?”
Diana Fowley shrugged
her shoulders. “Don’t you mean what do I want?” The woman’s voice grated on Dana’s nerves.
“If you prefer. What do you want?” Dana repeated
after the woman. She didn’t want this woman around when the children returned.
“Not one for
small talk, are you? I suppose I understand.
I received this from my attorney and I caught the first plane back from Europe.” She held up some papers. “It says you want to adopt
my child, I won’t have it. I have instructed my attorneys to start working
on it. I’m telling you now, I will take Sam away from Fox and neither of
you will see her again.”
“Diana!” Mulder yelled from the entrance. “I’ll
be damned before I let you near Sam. Get out and stay the hell away from us.”
“Okay, Fox. I’ll go for now, but this isn’t the end of it.”
you alright? Did she do anything?”
Mulder pulled her into a desperate hug.
fine, Mulder. Why is she doing this? She
hasn’t even seen Sam since she was a baby. No cards or letters, not even
a birthday present.”
his embrace only enough so he could look into her eyes. “It was fine while
I was miserable. She nearly ruined any chance I had of happiness. I moved from woman to woman using them trying to punish her but only hurting myself. She never could have predicted I’d meet someone like you. Someone
so different from her; someone who really makes me happy.”
Dana smiled and
cupped his cheek. “I love you, you know.”
“I was afraid
she’d try something like this. I’ve already talked with my attorney,
Walter Skinner, and he’s taken some steps. He has some people looking into
things for us.” He kissed her hair.
“Walter says that Diana’s own actions and that Sam relates to you as her mother will negate anything she
might try and pull.”
to get them and pick up our dinner. She called me when Diana arrived demanding
to see you. She thought you might like some back up.”
“She was right,
not that I couldn’t take Diana if it came down to it.” She jutted
her chin out and took a boxing pose trying to cut the tension.
help but laugh. “My little light weight.
Diana wouldn’t know what hit her.”
the mother of two, she wouldn’t stand a chance. And who you calling
little?” She held out her hand and started toward the stairs. “Come on, I think we might have time for a shower before they get home.” Mulder stopped just behind her, “Mulder?”
“Give me a
moment. The picture of you naked with hot, steamy water sluicing down your skin
just took residence in my mind.”
Dana moved to him
and pulled him down so she could whisper in his ear. “If you’d get
those size twelves moving you’d see it live and in person.” Mulder
scooped her up and headed to the elevator.
Mulder and Dana
had just finished dressing when the door to their bedroom burst open and Will and Sam ran in.
“Hey, what did we tell you about knocking?” Mulder said sternly
but not angrily.
we never had to knock when it was only Dana.” Sam said in her best ‘Mulderesque’
whine. Dana and Will hid their smiles behind their hands but no one could miss
the twinkle in their eyes.
it isn’t even night time. We knew you wouldn’t be sleeping.” She replied while giving him a knowing look.
he thought, ‘nine going on thirty.’ He looked at Dana wearily and
she just pointed toward him. He got the message loud and clear: like father,
like daughter. Mulder knew when he was licked.
“Come on, let’s go down and eat.
After dinner the
kids went up to do their homework while their parents snuggled on the couch. “So,
you want to update me on the latest wedding plans?” Mulder asked.
forgotten how hard it was to plan these things. I’m thankful we’re
going for a small wedding and not some big blown out affair.”
“Me too. Diana insisted on the whole experience. It
was a nightmare. The whole cathedral thing, five hundred of our nearest and dearest,
most of which neither of us knew.
never forget the incident with bridesmaid’s dresses. The dresses came in
and they were the wrong color, Summer Sky not Spring Blue, or something. She
had them sent back, all nine of them. When they came in again, I swear, I couldn’t
see any difference. Her brother was one of the groomsmen and he broke his leg
a couple weeks before the wedding and was in a walking cast. She wanted to replace
him. Her own brother.
was so ornate that you only saw it. It was like this white shining blob floating
down the aisle, you just didn’t see her at all; just saw that stupid dress.
your first wedding like?”
I didn’t want anything too elaborate but when Maggie Scully and Nadine Dorsett got together it was anything goes.
Three bridesmaids in peach sheaths with a deeper colored trim, Missy’s maid of honor dress was the reverse. Mulder, it’s a wonder Missy ever forgave me, a redhead in that orange color,
she looked hideous. The only thing that saved our relationship was that I didn’t
choose the dresses. Mom and Nadine struck again.
had my own nightmare to deal with; the wedding dress. It was this lace creation
that was Jamie’s grandmother’s dress and it itched terribly. I felt
as attractive as a potato sack. The darned thing made me break out and Jamie
spent our wedding night putting Calamine lotion on me instead of enjoying our new wedded bliss.”
“Poor me. We waited, Mulder.”
“Waited?” He repeated, not comprehending for a moment.
Suddenly he pulled back and looked at her. “Are you telling me that
Jamie was your first lover?” She nodded, “and I was your second?” Dana nodded again. “Damn, woman,
you are a fine study or Jamie was a great teacher. That’s all I can say.
Diana’s first anything. Not first lover, not her first husband and Sam
was not even her first pregnancy. She’d had two abortions before she met
me. I found out when I went with her during her pregnancy with Sam.” Mulder kissed the palm of her hand.
of those past weddings; what’s going on with our wedding?”
“I told our
mothers not to expect much. That neither of us wanted anything elaborate. I spoke with Fr. McCue and he said he’d perform the ceremony here if we wanted.”
“I think that
would be great.” Mulder looked around the room. “In front of the fireplace. The room is big enough to
fit everyone we want. Is Missy standing up with you again?
Do you want me in
a suit or tux?”
Dana watched the
excitement in his face and nearly cried. A year ago if anyone would have suggested
that Mulder was getting married to anyone, let alone her, she would have walked away laughing.
He caught her eye. “Hey, when a guy finds the right one he doesn’t
like to wait.” Mulder moved to kiss her tenderly. “Besides, once the wedding is out of the way we get to have the wedding night.”
She pushed on his
shoulder, “you flirt. Need I remind you that we’ve been living together
for some time now? There won’t be any surprises.”
always a surprise with you, a wonderful surprise.” He began an all out
offensive of seduction.
Mulder and Dana
were sitting in Attorney Walter Skinner’s office. Neither could believe
what he’d just told them; Diana was fighting for custody of Samantha.
I can almost guarantee she doesn’t have a chance but judges are strange about birth mothers. I’ve already contacted the investigators.” He
handed Mulder a card, Jorime Discrete Investigations, J. Byers, R. Langly and M. Frohike.
used them on numerous occasions. They are the best in the business.”
Dana took the card
from Mulder and looked at it for a moment. “I want to meet them.” The two men just looked at her waiting. “Diana
Fowley may be a thorn in my side. She may be a lousy person and she’s most
definitely a terrible mother. But she is Sam’s mom and I don’t want
anything to hurt our girl. I need to make them understand that.”
Mulder never loved
her more than at that moment. Skinner looked on with envy. “Dana, I assure they understand but I’ll set up an appointment.”
Dana set the tray
on the coffee table and handed out the drinks. These three men were nothing like
she’d expected private investigators to look like. John Byers seemed bookish
and reminded her of a statistician or maybe a librarian. Of the three he was
the most normal looking. Richard, or as he preferred, Ringo Langly, with his
blonde hair, glasses and ‘Ramones’ tee shirt made him look like a walking, talking definition of computer geek. The last one, Melvin Frohike, was the closest to resembling her idea of a PI. She could see him peering through windows and listening to private conversations. These three men were so different that she didn’t doubt they made a formidable
Dr. Mulder, we like to start our investigations by looking into the backgrounds of our clients.” Byers began. “Dr. Mulder, before you and Dr. Scully
started your romantic relationship you had a number of short term relationships. During
these relationships you often stayed away from your daughter overnight and quite a number of times for entire weekends. There were even some separate vacations.”
Mulder began to protest but Byers raised his hand. “Dr. Mulder,
please understand, we are not making judgments. We need this background so that
we know what our clients might be up against. Besides, even with the absences
there is a lot of evidence that you are a caring and loving father to Samantha. You
always made sure she was in the best care available at all times. We interviewed
several of your former lady friends and they all agreed that Samantha always came first.
It was their only complaint.”
Melvin Frohike opened
a file and read for a moment. “Dr. Scully, the only thing I can say about
you is that you are a workaholic. No romances since your husband died. That is until now. You are a devoted mother and you are dedicated
to your practice. Young Samantha knows you as the only mother she recognizes.”
question her did you?” Scully was angered at the idea, she did not want
either child involved if it could be helped.
“No, we will
not bother the children. We’ve spoken with friends and colleagues even
the people at the children’s school. We explained that you are seeking
to adopt Samantha and we are performing the necessary background checks.” Frokhike’s
eyes flicked to his partners. “Dr. Scully, this is going to be an uneasy
thing for you, and please believe me when I say it is just part of being thorough, but do you have any objections into our
looking into your husband’s accident?”
Dana was clearly
shaken by the question and Mulder held her. “Is that really necessary? I mean, his death was investigated by the police.
Is there anything specific you expect to find?”
“No, no, nothing
like that. It is just that we never know where an investigation leads and if
you have a problem we need to know now, just in case.” Byers answered calmingly
but Mulder noticed a look pass between the three men. There was something they
hadn’t said but he decided to let it be, for now.
Dana sat up a little. “If you find yourself in that situation feel free to look into it. I doubt you will find anything but if you do maybe we’ll find out who caused the accident. It won’t bring Jamie back but maybe he’ll rest easier.”
spoken to the children about the situation?” Langly asked. Mulder and Dana both shook their heads no. “I understand
that you believe it would be easier if you wait. That maybe if things go right
you won’t have to address it. We recommend that you talk to them now. Give them an overview of what’s going on.”
Dana was about to protest. “Believe me, it will be easier if they
are forewarned than if something happens and they get surprised.”